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Elbert "Big Al" Richardson Jr. Papers

Identifier: ARL202

Content Description

Collection contains awards, photographs, correspondence, 9th Infantry Division Fort Carson yearbook and Richardson's obituary.


  • circa 1954-2016


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Elbert “Big Al” Richardson Jr. was born on August 10, 1927 in Dallas, Texas to his parents Elbert Richardson Sr. and Lula Anne Templeton. After serving in World War II in the Air Force, he moved to Colorado. Richardson was the owner of several businesses in the Five Points neighborhood including a nightclub called Big Al's and A Gift Shop Maria's. He was instrumental in establishing the Annual Five Points Juneteeth Celebration. He was active member of the Graham Memorial Community Church of God in Christ for almost 30 years. He passed away on October 26, 2016 and is buried at Fort Logan Cemetery.


1 Boxes

1 oversize folio

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Elbert Richardson Jr., 2009

Condition Description

The framed photograph of Big Al and Jim Brown in folder 9 was not removed from the frame because the photo was stuck to the glass.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Repository

2401 Welton St.
Denver Colorado 80205